Every year The Life Center of Long Island holds a luncheon for volunteers to thank them for their hard work and service to the community. There are over 100 volunteers at The Life Center of LI. To get involved, contact your local center: Hempstead 516-408-6300, Deer Park 631-243-0066, Massapequa 516-798-9100, Riverhead 631-591-9017.
A moving presentation by Dr. Elvira Parravicini on the Neonatal Comfort Care Program offered at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was hosted by The Life Center of Long Island this past week at the Knights of Columbus #4428- Our Lady of the Rosary Council in Deer Park.
The Neonatal Comfort Care Program is offered to parents when there are no medical and surgical treatments available to help an infant born with a life-limiting condition or terminal illness. The program is designed to provide all of the care these babies need to have their basic needs satisfied during their short lives, in an environment that is compassionate, warm and loving. The program includes family/baby bonding, warmth, nutrition and hydration, as well as relief of any pain and discomfort.
Dr. Elvira Parravicini explains that the program is not meant to shorten or prolong a baby’s natural life, but rather to provide a comfortable and loving environment for an infant suffering from a life-limiting condition or terminal illness.
Program Coordinator Frances McCarthy, MS, RNC, said the goal of the program is to help families celebrate the lives of their children.
For more information about the Neonatal Comfort Care Program or to refer a patient, please contact Frances McCarthy, MS,RNC (Clinical Care Coordinator) at 212-342-3934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.